10 Ways to Support Sex-Positive Journalism
- 10 Ways to Support Sex-Positive Journalism
One month to Sexies entry deadline: now's the time to show the love!
For immediate release: February 21, 2008
For more information: www.sexies.org
Friends of sex-positive journalism everywhere hailed the launch of the
first ever Sex-Positive Journalism Awards last fall. Now, as the March
23rd deadline for entries approaches, the Sexies board would like to
remind all you wonderful sex-positive readers and writers that we
can't do it alone. The awards need to raise another $5,000 to cover
their budget and properly award the winners, and we need more entries
from mainstream sources (www.sexies.org/submit.php: it's free to
submit entries, and readers can submit as well as writers).
"The entries, the encouragement, and the enthusiasm we've received
tells me that the time was ripe for this award," says co-founder
journalist Miriam Axel-Lute. "But the fact that sex-positive
journalism is so rare means we need the help of all of you readers out
there to help us turn up those gems of good, objective, sex-positive
reporting--especially in mainstream sources--and then to help us be
able to afford to get the word out about them."
The Sexies were launched by the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom,
the Center for Sex and Culture, Babeland, and Miriam Axel-Lute to
promote fair, accurate, and non-sensationalized coverage of sexual
topics. The awards are currently accepting entries that meet both high
journalistic standards and the Sexies awards criteria
Here are 10 ways to support sex-positive journalism and the Sexies:
1. Give money! The Sexies are a labor of love. But love doesn't pay
the bills. If you can give $100, $50, or $25, it will help us promote
the awards, cover our expenses, and honor our winners properly. Donate
2. Become a corporate sponsor of the Sexiesor connect us with your
favorite sex-friendly business that might want to become one. E-mail
info@... for more information.
3. Submit entries. Yes, readers as well as writers can submit to the
Sexies. Articles have to have been published in 2007 and meet high
journalistic standards as well as our sex-positive criteria. Full
guidelines, criteria, and a submission form are on our website:
www.sexies.org. We especially need submissionseven ones that were
merely sex-neutral when everyone else was sex-negativefrom mainstream
4. Mention the Sexies as a resource in a letter to the editor,
especially our sex-positive journalism criteria
(www.sexies.org/criteria.html) and resources for journalists
(www.sexies.org/resources.html). If you've always been meaning to
write in to your local paper about their sex-related coverage, good or
bad, now's a great time to do it! (And while you're at it, write a
thank you letter to your favorite sex-pos writerthey're a lonely bunch!)
5. Ask your favorite sex-positive publications, and your favorite
mainstream ones as well, to cover the Sexies. We think we're pretty
unusual and would make a good story!
6. Tell everyone you know. Blog about the awards, bring us up at
opportune (or inopportune) times with family and friends and your
local newspaper editor
7. Make us popular. Join our LiveJournal community (sexposjawards),
friend us on Myspace (www.myspace.com/sexposjournalism), post our site
on Del.icio.us, Digg us.
8. Sign up for our announcement list. If you don't do LiveJournal or
Myspace, sign up for our update mailing list,
firstname.lastname@example.org, to stay up to speed.
9. Link to us. Even if you don't want to make a big fanfare, a link
helps us in search-engine rankings.
10. Donate airline or Amtrak miles to get our winners to an awards
ceremony, or to be raffled off for fundraising. You must have enough
to redeem for a whole ticket. E-mail info@... if you've got a
chunk to offer.
And whatever else you do, read skeptically, support sex-positive
writers wherever they write, and stick up for your right to a
--The Sexies Board